Victorian VS Romantic In this essay I will be comparing and contrasting the works of William Wordsworth from the Romantic Age and Alfred, Lord Tennyson from the Victorian Age. The Romantic Age (1785-1830) was a very important time, during this time England experienced change from a primarily agricultural society to a modern industrial nation. The French revolution and the storming of the Bastille had a great influence on the English society and Literature. It influenced almost everything in life. The Victorian Age (1830-1901) was a time of great progress and prosperity for the nation.
This was a time in which industry, technology, and science were celebrated. Because of the fast extension of colonialism England became a very powerful empire and center of world power. The Romantic Age in British Literature was a time of native-inspired poetry, political questioning and individualism. This time period has six different characteristics iconoclasm, nature, ordinary extraordinary, rule of emotions, simple language, and the supernatural. It was also the shortest of the ages and singles out five different poets one of which being William Wordsworth.
William Wordsworth was born in West Cumberland in a scenic Lake District. In his poem Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbney Wordsworth is reflecting on what nature means to him five years ago and now and he is also reflecting on his childhood memories. Wordsworth begins his poem by telling us that it has been five years since he has been to this place a few miles from the abbey. He describes the “Steep and lofty cliffs,” the “wild secluded scene,” the “quiet of the sky,” the “dark sycamore” he sits under, the trees of the orchard, and the “pastoral farms” with “wreaths of smoke” billowing from their chimneys.
These lines are describing how important nature is to him at that point in time. In the second stanza Wordsworth tells us that his first visit to this place gave him “sensations sweet” when he was in the “lonely rooms” of the city. He tells that these “feelings of unremembered pleasure” may have helped him to be a better person, maybe by putting him in a better mood than he would have been in. This poem is based on nature and how Wordsworth is affected by it. He wants to remember the beauty and wonderful memories he had here.
In the Victorian Age there were Four Types of popular writings the realist, naturalist, the novel and poetry. Alfred Tennyson was born in 1809. The Lady of Shallot the story of a woman who lives in a tower in Shalott. Every day, the woman weaves a tapestry picture of the landscape that is visible from her window, including Camelot. There is, a curse on her; the she does not know the cause of the curse, but she knows that she cannot look directly out the window, so she looks out of her artwork through a mirror that is beside her.
She is happy to weave, but is tired of looking at life only as a reflection. One day, Sir Lancelot rides by, looking bold and handsome in his shining armor, and singing. The she goes to the window to look directly out of it, and when she does, she knows that the curse is upon her. So she leaves the tower, finds a boat at the side of the river, writes “The Lady of Shalott” on the side of the boat, and floats off down the river toward Camelot. As she drifts along, singing and looking at all of the sights that were forbidden to her before, she dies.
The boat floats past Camelot, and all of the knights make the sign of the cross upon seeing a corpse go by, but Lancelot, seeing her for the first time, notes, “She has a lovely face. ” This poem is telling us how women were treated during the Victorian Age. She was locked up and when she finally escaped because of love she dies. The Victorian and Romantic Ages were both very great time periods with great poets. The Romantic Age was based more on nature and the beauty of life. The Victorian Age was based on the darkness of life and women’s rights.